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At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., we know just how difficult it can be to deal with the complications surrounding criminal defense cases. For this reason, we remain dedicated to providing accessible and effective legal representation to our clients throughout the Tampa Bay area. On this website, we have provided helpful information to assist our clients in understanding exactly what it is that they're facing.

Some of the topics that we discuss on our website include the following:

  • Aiding / Abetting - It is considered a criminal offense to help a person in the commission of a crime. This act of aiding another person is explained under Florida Statutes §220.905 (2011). Should you be found guilty you could be facing the same criminal charges as the person as the person who actually committed the offense.
  • Conspiracy - The criminal act of conspiracy does not actually refer to any particular offense, but rather to the act of planning to commit a crime in the future. When two or more people discuss breaking the law in the future, they may be found guilty of conspiracy. This is tried one level below the crime itself.
  • Expungements - Having a criminal history on their record can be completely life-altering. Ever wanted to say "no" when someone asks if you've been charged with a crime? By clearing your criminal record, you may be able to. At our firm, we can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement and walk you through the process.
  • Notice to Appear - Have questions about what to do if you have been served with a notice to appear? Our firm can help answer your questions and provide you with a roadmap of actions that need to be taken. The first thing to remember is that this is not a traffic ticket and you do need to actually appear in court.
  • Obstruction of Justice - The state of Florida considers it a crime to in any way interfere with the carrying out of justice. This can include bribing witnesses, failing to report crimes, resisting arrest and even threatening jurors on a case. It can also refer to interfering with the work of law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and more.
  • Pre-File Investigations - In some cases, before charges are ever formally pressed, the prosecution will partake in what is known as pre-file investigations. These are completed when prosecution and law enforcement are attempting to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to build a sufficient case.
  • Probation Violation - One penalty common in criminal cases is that of probation; this penalty is typically served in lieu of prison time. One major factor of this penalty are the terms that you must abide by - such as curfew, meetings with probation officers, keeping a clean record, etc. If accused of violating these terms, we can help.
  • Warrants - Have you had a warrant issued in your name? Bench and arrest warrants are legal orders that required you to appear in court at a specific date and time. If one has been issued for you, our firm can help you to understand what you need to do.

About Perjury in Tampa, FL Criminal Cases

Perjury occurs when an individual has intentionally lied after swearing to tell the truth under the authority of a notary public, judge, or other official authorized to administer an oath. Perjury may occur in court, depositions, administrative hearings, answering interrogatories, or signing a legal document.

In Florida, the punishment for perjury varies depending on the type of perjury:

  • Perjury in an unofficial proceeding: This is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, up to 1 year of probation, and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.
  • Perjury in an official proceeding: This is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation, and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Perjury in an official capital prosecution proceeding: This is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.

Don’t risk your reputation or your freedom by navigating this complicated legal process on your own. With the help of Tampa perjury lawyers from Thomas & Paulk, you can have peace of mind knowing your future is in seasoned hands. We are dedicated to your defense!

Extradition Information

Extradition occurs at the state or national level and happens when the state or a nation requests the return of a suspected or convicted criminal. After a request for extradition has been made, the state or the nation that the criminal is residing in will typically surrender the criminal to the state or nation requesting the criminal’s return, after identification proceedings to determine if the person is the criminal the other state is seeking.

The United States deals with interstate extradition on a federal level under 18 U.S.C. §3182. Under this, the United States requires the following:

  • The jurisdiction where the fugitive fled must have a demand from an executive authority from the State or Territory where the fugitive left.
  • The executive making the request must produce a copy of the indictment found or affidavit.
  • This document must successfully prove the fugitive has been charged with treason, felony or any criminal activity.
  • The document must have been certified as authentic by the governor or chief magistrate.
  • The receiving executive must cause the fugitive to be arrested and secured.
  • After being notified that the fugitive is secure, an agent of the requesting executive must appear before the fugitive within thirty days or they may be released.

Extradition laws can be complex and require a law firm with the experience needed to make a difference. Our team of Tampa extradition lawyers have helped thousands of clients and understand the situation you’re facing. When you call, you’ll be connected to team that cares about your rights, will never be satisfied with only “good enough,” and that will keep you updated every step of the way.

Talk to a Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

At Thomas & Paulk, you can expect us to focus on one thing: your defense. You will be treated professionally, regardless of what circumstances you find yourself in. While we cannot guarantee results, our hands-on history has resulted in exceptional legal representation over the years. We have handled 7,000+ cases since our founding and can capably handle yours. We never back down, creating a custom defense for each client's case. In addition, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns you may have during case proceedings.

Get in touch with our firm today and fight for your future! Contact us at (813) 321-7323 to get started.

Tampa Criminal Lawyers: Thomas & Paulk, P.A.

Have you been arrested? Are you under investigation? When facing circumstances such as this, it is extremely important that no time is wasted in getting the involvement of a high-quality attorney that you can trust to help provide you with legal assistance that you can count on. Our firm has over 20 years' aggregate experience; you can rest assured knowing that should you work with our team and that we will go above and beyond in our efforts to help you protect your rights.

You have the right to a fair trial, and it is actually the responsibility of the prosecution to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By simply challenging the evidence against you in front of a court of law, we may be able to reduce your charges, win you a not guilty verdict, or have your case dropped altogether. It all starts by putting an experienced team on your side. Want to schedule your initial case consultation?

Simply pick up the phone and call us today at (813) 321-7323. We look forward to helping you soon.

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